Critical Defense .45 Colt and .44 Special

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Out of short-barrel, concealed carry-type revolvers, the .45 Colt and .44 Special can have anemic performance--until now. Hornady has updated the classics with Critical Defense loads that Hornady's Dave Emary calls "manstoppers."

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